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A Critical Analysis of Basic Income Experiments for Researchers, Policymakers, and Citizens

Book

Part of the Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee book series (BIG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Karl Widerquist
    Pages 1-14
  3. Karl Widerquist
    Pages 19-25
  4. Karl Widerquist
    Pages 27-35
  5. Karl Widerquist
    Pages 37-42
  6. Karl Widerquist
    Pages 57-59
  7. Karl Widerquist
    Pages 93-98
  8. Karl Widerquist
    Pages 105-108
  9. Karl Widerquist
    Pages 141-144

About this book

Introduction

At least six different Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiments are underway or planned right now in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, and Kenya. Several more countries are considering conducting experiments. Yet, there seems to be more interest simply in having UBI experiments than in exactly what we want to learn from them. Although experiments can produce a lot of relevant data about UBI, they are crucially limited in their ability to enlighten our understanding of the big questions that bear on the discussion of whether to implement UBI as a national or regional policy. And, past experience shows that results of UBI experiments are particularly vulnerable misunderstanding, sensationalism, and spin. This book examines the difficulties of conducting a UBI experiment and reporting the results in ways that successfully improve public understanding of the probable effects of a national UBI. The book makes recommendations how researchers, reporters, citizens, and policymakers can avoid these problems and get the most out of UBI experiments.


Keywords

basic income guarantee big universal basic income ubi public policy social policy welfare experiments Negative Income Tax

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown University in QatarDohaQatar

About the authors

Karl Widerquist is Associate Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is an internationally recognized expert not only on Basic Income, which he has written about as an economist, philosopher, political theorist, and policy analyst, but also on Basic Income experiments. He has published several academic and non-academic articles on Basic Income experiments over the last 15 years and is the editor of the book series Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee (Palgrave Macmillan). He was a founding editor of the journal Basic Income Studies and co-chair of BIEN for seven years.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“Widerquist’s book … arguments about the usefulness of experiments and about how they should be carried out, but it will be essential reading for anyone planning an experiment. It is an important contribution to the Citizen’s Basic Income literature.” (Citizen’s Income newsletter, Issue 2, 2019)